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Data from Nielsen suggests that today adults aged 35-49 watch more than 33 hours of television each week, và that time increases as we get older.

Even though television first appeared in San Francisco in 1927, it wasn’t until about 1947 that it had much effect on American society. Howdy Doody was launched in 1947. The Texaco Star Theater starring Milton Berle started in 1948. CBS started 15-minute newscasts with Douglas Edwards in 1948; NBC had the Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze also beginning in 1948. Fantastically, Swayze was required by the tobacteo company sponsor to have a burning cigarette visible when he was on camera.


By 1951 there some 12 million TVs in America, và a guy named Wesley Lau from Sheboygan was frequently seen on those 12 million sets. Much of the following information comes from retìm kiếm done by Richard Stoelb.

Lau was an American stage, motion picture và television actor who first appeared on TV in 1953 on Studio One. Best known for his role as Police Lieutenant Anderson on the TV series Perry Mason, he made his first appearance as defendant Amory Fallon in “The Case of the Impatient Partner”.


Veteran actor & series regular Ray Collins was Homicide Detective sầu Lt. Arthur Tragg on the series from the start in 1957. However, by 1960 Collins was in declining health. When Collins became ill, Lau was offered the part of another cop.

Less than one month later (Sept 1961) he made his first appearance as Detective Andy Anderson in “The Case of the Malicious Mariner” và he would appear in that role through to lớn the last episode of the series in “The Case of the Mischievous Doll” (May 22, 1966).

Wesley Lau was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on June 18, 1921 khổng lồ Albert & Agnes Feldner Lau. The family lived in rented houses in Sheboygan at 830 High Avenue và 912 High Avenue until Wesley’s father bought their trang chủ at 1230 South 19th Street near Moose Park. Lau graduated from Central High School in 1939.

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Lau first acted in a high school play, an experience that changed his life. In an interview with TV Guide, Lau commented that if it had not been for that high school play, “I would not have demeaned myself lớn be an actor.” He would appear in several Sheboygan Community Players productions and Summer Stochồng Theater in Elkhart Lake. From there he would go on to lớn the Broadway stage và then lớn Hollywood for a successful television & movie career.

A supporter of the theater in his trang chính town of Sheboygan, he wrote a svào endorsement for the Sheboygan Community Players fund raising campaign in 1968 for the Leslie Johns Theater at Horace Mann School. At the University of Wisconsin, Wesley studied khổng lồ become a playwright and received a Master of Arts Degree in 1950 from Yale School of Drama. He left college for a time khổng lồ serve sầu in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

Lau went khổng lồ Thủ đô New York, looking for work, & to continue his studies at the Actors Studio. His original goal was khổng lồ become a writer; however, his professional acting career began in earnest in Thủ đô New York where he appeared in many Broadway plays và on television. He ended up acting for the simple reason he found more work as an actor than as a playwright. When television production migrated to Hollywood he moved to lớn Los Angeles.


He appeared in approximately 900 television too many to mention, but they include, Studio One, Alfred Hitchcoông chồng Presents, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Gunsmoke, Have sầu Gun-Will Travel, Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone, The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel, Mission Impossible, Cannon, The Untouchables, The Life và Times of Wyatt Earp, M Squad, The Detectives, Wagon Train, The Fugitive, The Six Million Dollar Man, He reunited with Raymond Burr on Ironside in “The Forests of the Night”.


Of the 25 movies he made, his first motion picture role came in 1958 in the movie “I Want to Live”. In it he played Henry L. Gramê mệt, the husb& of Barbara Grayêu thích -- a convicted murderer facing execution played by Hollywood actress Susan Hayward. Hayward won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1959 for her performance.

He realized his original goal as a writer when he wrote the story “Lepke” và also wrote the screenplay with Tamar Hoofs for the motion picture of the same name. It was released through Warner Brothers in 1975. The story is about a Jewish-American gangster Louis “Lepke” Buchalter. It starred Tony Curtis (father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis). Film fans often regard this picture to lớn be one of Curtis’s most underrated movies, yet one of his finest performances.

Retiring in 1980, he suffered a heart attaông xã on August 30, 1984 và died at his trang chủ in Los Angeles; he was 63.

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Wesley Lau, a kid from Sheboygan, had a long và successful acting career embracing that new thing called television. He worked alongside some of the biggest stars of the time, Raymond Burr, John Wayne & James Arness, So, the next time you watch a vintage Perry Mason episode, look for Lt. Anderson, & know he got his start in Sheboygan.


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